The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience (Hardback)
  • The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience (Hardback)

The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience (Hardback)

Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 25/11/2013
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The global shift to an urban population comes with an uncomfortable corollary. People who live in cities as they are currently designed produce more greenhouse gasses than their non-urban counterparts, as a global average about three times more. But people in cities, particularly in coastal cities, are waking up to their vulnerability as well as to their responsibility. This newly acknowledged responsibility is reflected in current trends in urban design, in newly conceived projects, plans and standards that try to make cities more resilient in the way they are designed, built and inhabited. To truly prosper, cities need to accommodate a growing number of citizens in dignity, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and still be worth living in. In this visually rich book Alexandros Washburn redefines urban design by looking at the process and products within the context of rapid urbanization and climate change. The Nature of Urban Design uses real-life examples, drawing heavily from the New York experience, to show how to design beautiful urban spaces that achieve multiple goals and objectives, such as greater resilience, livability and equity, while addressing the political and financial challenges that can accelerate or slow implementation. With examples ranging from the High Line to the post-Sandy recovery of Red Hook, Brooklyn, The Nature of Urban Design shows how a well designed, well-built city can be the most efficient, equitable, safest, and enriching place on earth. The Nature of Urban Design will inspire and inform anyone who cares about cities. It provides a framework for participating in the process of change. This includes people who want to become urban designers, particularly students and practitioners in the field of politics, finance and design who help to decide how a city will change.

Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781610913805
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 274 x 210 x 18 mm

"Alex Washburn performed the miracle of writing a book about cities that appeals to experts and general readers alike. His idea of urban design is convincingly inclusive, with buildings, people, nature, infrastructure, and public space playing prominent roles."
--Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning & Design, Harvard Univ. Graduate School of Design
"Mr. Washburn takes lay people on an illustrated and highly accessible tour of urban planning, from the High Line to the subway system, which, he explains, emits little more in greenhouse gases than the city's streetlights."
--New York Times
"It's perfect reading for a rainy, rainy day."
..".the book is about more than how neighborhoods and community's can survive times of crisis; it's about how neighborhoods and community's can thrive in the midst of everyday life..."
--Can't Catch My Breath
"Alex Washburn shows planning in New York as it is really done: with the technical requirements, the political difficulties and the dreams. Urban leaders around the world will learn much from this insightful book about designing for greater resiliency to climate change."
--Enrique Pe alosa, President of the Board, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy of New York
"Simply put, The Nature of Urban Design reads like an engaging story, through the eyes of a well-informed urban planner, who wants nothing more than to see good done in the world."
"[A] cri de coeur for action by cities"
--New York Times Book Review
"Sensibly organized and lavishly illustrated, the book will interest all urbanites, and especially urban planners."
--Publishers Weekly
"a treat for anyone who loves living in cities and wants to make them better, including professional planners and architects."
"[W]ith his first book, Washburn has accomplished, if not quite the impossible, then certainly the daunting: he's written a concise and accessible treatise on urban planning, blissfully free of jargon and clear enough to be understood by both professional and citizen-designers."
"Entertaining and attractively designed...a fantastic introduction to the discipline of urban design for non-designers. ...Washburn's approach to resiliency is both idealistic and practical."
--ASLA's The Dirt blog
..".a refreshingly practical take on the power of urban design and its role in crafting the tools that guide and shape development."
"Washburn helps the reader look at the city differently, and care about its future. His approach works regardless of your city."
--Urban Review STL
"Washburn's generally straightforward organization allows readers to use the book like a design manual. He eschews technical jargon for an accessible and approachable tone and language. Beautifully produced with abundant color illustrations that effectively contrast worldwide approaches to urban design, this volume will appeal to a wide specialist and generalist audience."
"Washburn's attitude and incisive analysis give this book a rare combination of realism and hope."

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